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Gerald McCoy claps back at Warren Sapp

Gerald McCoy

Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is slated to get a healthy dose of nostalgia when his team hosts the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week. It seems the comments made by Hall of Famer Warren Sapp have once again been brought to the forefront.

Sapp suggested that McCoy’s legacy was not as solidified as he may have initially thought after joining Carolina this offseason. According to Max Henson of the team’s official website, the veteran has since responded with a playful jab of his own:

Gerald McCoy asked what he thinks his legacy is with Tampa Bay: “I don’t know, ask Warren Sapp.”

He did say people are making too big a deal about this. He also said he wishes he could play at Tampa this year to hear the boos.

Mccoy was released by Tampa Bay after nine seasons with them. He was named a six-time Pro Bowler and four-time All-Pro after being taken with the third overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. Despite his departure, he appeared confident that he had left his mark on the franchise.

McCoy’s decision to sign with an NFC South rival obviously did not sit well with those in Tampa Bay. The team seemingly fanned the flames by bringing in defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to serve as his replacement and even gave him McCoy’s No. 93 jersey.

He saw this as an effort to erase his legacy withing the Bucs franchise which ultimately drew the response from Sapp.

Unfortunately, fans will not get to see the reception McCoy gets in Tampa Bay since their second matchup will be in London.